BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:icalendar-ruby CALSCALE:GREGORIAN BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTAMP:20170523T152854Z UID:185961 DTSTART:20111101T000000 DTEND:20120113T000000 DESCRIPTION:
RH Gallery is pleased to present Collapse\, curated by gallery ar tist Micah Ganske. Collapse draws inspiration from Jared Di amond’s book\, Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed. In this text\, Diamond hypothesizes the triggers and trajectories leading to the fall of a civilization and concludes that the true cause of social coll apse relies on a failure to adapt. Diamond states\, “Societies die from sui cide\, not by murder.” Although somewhat bleak\, this view offers a beacon of hope: every individual has the ability to change. Ganske’s exhibition se eks to reveal the symptoms of collapse while simultaneously envisioning pos sible alternatives. Collapse showcases a group of contemporary artists whos e work reflect Diamond’s paradigm.\n
In his book\, Diamond references the autoimmunity of the Easter Island culture. Easter Islanders decimated thei r land through the production of the renowned stone Moai heads. Heeseop Yoo n’s work illustrates a portrayal of the Moai head within a contemporary set ting. In drawings and wall installations\, Yoon portrays mass collections o f clutter including discarded technology\, abandoned appliances\, and other obsolete remnants of the past. These works depict hoards of garbage and th e landfills where they will inevitably decay to become testaments to our cu lture.\n
An examination of the history of the relationship between humans
and the earth does not reveal a noble savage at one with nature. On the con
trary\, our inability to visualize and plan for the long-term is evident in
the widespread disappearance of mega-fauna from fossil record after our ar
rival. The drawings of Maximilian Toth portray a lack of foresight by depic
ting youth engaged in drunken mass orgies\, aggressive behavior and general
mischief with a lack of acknowledgment for consequences. The revelers and
victims in Toth’s work represent more than an escape from reality\; they st
and as symbols of our culture. Their approaching regret echoes the specter
self-destruction looming ov er our society.
The speed at which science and technology has accelerat ed in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries is staggering. Our innovatio ns have saved lives while at the same time\, they constantly push limits\, resulting at times in environmental catastrophes. Maria Kozak’s paintings o f designer pets in the wild reference the rift between nature and scientifi c “innovation.”\n
Erick Swenson’s work Ne Plus Ultra depicts the decayed c orpse of a buck covered with scrimshaw carvings.\n
The title translates i n English to “No Further Beyond”: a Latin term commonly used by early carto graphers meaning “to delineate borders of unexplored territories.” This gru esome display of death and the mysterious maps carved into the animal’s bon es reflect the profound loss inherent in the ubiquitous disconnect between people and nature in our society.\n
Diana Al-Hadid’s oeuvre is a kind of h
aunted architecture incorporating classical and contemporary references sim
ultaneously yet in turns. The work contains the aura of a relic from the an
cient past while alluding to possible futures. Within her atemporal forms l
ie the roots of societal decay.
A socio-cultural collapse often can be traced to the very foundations of a society. Therefore\, avoiding total collapse requires a complete restruct uring of its core mechanisms and communication systems. The dystopian paint ings of Ian Davis represent a not-so-distant future in which a complete col lapse has just barely been evaded.
The congregations of cloned masses a nd desolate landscapes recall an Orwellian society. Despite the bleak envir onment\, people somehow continue to engage in rebuilding their communities.\n
Colette Robbins depicts massive\, double-faced stone relics as monument s to the relationships between two people. She envisions stone sculptures c arved to depict loved ones and a future where they are unearthed: becoming symbols of their culture. Robbins reminds us of the significance of these r elics within our society.LOCATION:RH Gallery\,137 Duane St \nNew York\, NY 10013 SUMMARY:Collapse\, Diana Al-Hadid\, Ian Davis\, Maria Kozak\, Colette Robbi ns\, Erick Swenson\, Maximilian Toth\, Heeseop Yoon END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTAMP:20170523T152854Z UID:185962 DTSTART:20111101T180000 DTEND:20111101T200000 LOCATION:RH Gallery\,137 Duane St \nNew York\, NY 10013 SUMMARY:Collapse\, Diana Al-Hadid\, Ian Davis\, Maria Kozak\, Colette Robbi ns\, Erick Swenson\, Maximilian Toth\, Heeseop Yoon END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR